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Report: Butler saga could cost Tom Thibodeau his job

It’s no secret that the situation between the Minnesota Timberwolves and four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler became a nightmare over the past two months. Butler was traded on Saturday from Minnesota to Philadelphia, but that doesn’t…


Talkin’ About Practice: A fresh start, a new voice, and new faces

MINNEAPOLIS — The Timberwolves returned to Minnesota on Sunday following their 0-5 road trip out west that finished with a Friday night loss to the Sacramento Kings. The Wolves are 4-9 on the season, 0-8…


Gophers finally go on the defensive after coordinator change

P.J. Fleck’s frequent defense (no pun intended) of coordinator Robb Smith made little sense to anyone who watched the Gophers look inept on defense week after week. The Gophers might not have had the most…


Zulgad: Butler trade is a start but Wolves also need to show Thibodeau the door

The Timberwolves’ reported agreement to trade Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia on Saturday removes the franchise’s biggest and immediate headache. But Glen Taylor must realize his work isn’t complete. There is one more move the Wolves…


Cunningham: What took the Wolves so long?

The Minnesota Timberwolves had no choice. They had to trade Jimmy Butler. After an 0-5 road trip out west and a 4-9 start to the season, this was a move that needed to be made.…


Report: Wolves finalizing Butler deal

After two months of Jimmy Butler wanting out of Minnesota, it appears he’s finally getting his wish. The news was first reported by The Athletic that Butler is on his way to Philadelphia to join…


Former Twin Michael Cuddyer says Joe Mauer “was always gracious”

Michael Cuddyer spent eight seasons as a teammate of Joe Mauer with the Twins and saw Mauer win three American League batting titles and the 2009 AL MVP in that time. But it wasn’t Mauer’s…


Zulgad: Joe Mauer’s career should be remembered for its brilliance, not rough spots

Maybe Joe Mauer really did need a few more weeks to contemplate whether he wanted to return for a 16th big-league season. Perhaps Mauer didn’t want to make a quick decision after going through another…


In letter posted to Twins website, Joe Mauer cites “health and family” as reasons to walk away

Joe Mauer has retired from Major League Baseball, the former Twins catcher announced Friday. He said in a letter published on the team’s website that “health and family” were the driving factors in his decision.…


Best of: Joe Mauer

With Friday’s news that Joe Mauer will retire from Major League Baseball, we thought it was appropriate to share some of our recent favorites on No. 7. Watch: Twins provide an inside look at Joe…


Joe Mauer decides to retire after 15 seasons with Twins

Joe Mauer will make official what we all have expected since he emerged from the home dugout in catcher’s gear to catch one pitch in the ninth inning of the Twins’ regular-season finale in September.…


Falvey: Expect Mauer resolution soon

Derek Falvey, the Chief Baseball Officer of the Minnesota Twins, joined ESPN 1500’s Darren ‘Doogie’ Wolfson on Friday afternoon. As the MLB offseason is underway there are a number of questions surrounding the plans of…


Breaking down Derrick Rose’s success from deep

Derrick Rose is shooting 24.1 percent of his shots this season from behind the 3-point line. That’s not a career-high for the former NBA MVP, but it’s a drastic improvement over what he’s been the…


Original Wild owner Bob Naegele Jr. dies at 78

Robert O. Naegele Jr., who played an instrumental role in bringing the NHL back to the Twin Cities as the first owner of the Minnesota Wild, died Wednesday night in the Twin Cities due to…


West Coast Thoughts: Wolves letting it fly — and cashing in — from 3

Bombs away The Wolves had the best game in franchise history from behind the 3-point arc. Minnesota finished the night 20-of-40 from deep for an even 50 percent. The 20 made 3-pointers broke a franchise…


Reading into the early rumor mill: Twins in on pitching (J.A. Happ) and catching

The Twins are interested in free agent starting pitcher J.A. Happ and catcher Robinson Chirinos, according to Jon Morosi of MLB.com. We’ve said for weeks that if the Twins are going to address their 2019…


How should the Gophers approach their future defenses?

As Gophers’ head coach P.J. Fleck looked ahead to the future, he knew he needed to make a change defensively. It was time for him to decide whether defensive coordinator Robb Smith’s scheme was one…


Zulgad: Feeling the pressure: Just how hot is Richard Pitino’s seat?

P.J. Fleck has a struggling football team on his hands but the Gophers coach is only his second year and, thus, time is not a concern for him. The same is true for men’s hockey…


Report: Vikings claim RB Ameer Abdullah

The Minnesota Vikings have claimed running back Ameer Abdullah. He was waived earlier this week by the Detroit Lions. Vikings claimed former Lions RB Ameer Abdullah in waivers, per source. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November…


Report: Twins, Mauer have discussed potential contract but no decision yet

Joe Mauer’s return to catch one pitch behind the plate in the Twins’ regular-season finale last September sure made it look as if his playing career was finished. But Mauer has yet to officially inform…


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